The Art of Spelling: The Madness and the Method

The Art of Spelling: The Madness and the Method


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The national bestseller from Parade's "Ask Marilyn" columnist—the definitive book for anyone who cares about spelling.

Like The Elements of Style and On Writing Well, The Art of Spelling has emerged as a writing manual for the ages, the backlist volume that will tell us everything we will ever want to know about spelling. Begun as a spelling survey in the "Ask Marilyn" column of Parade magazine, The Art of Spelling dispels the myth that good spelling is simply a measure of intelligence or education. With her trademark no-nonsense wit, vos Savant shows where good (and bad) spelling originates, provides personality portraits of all kinds of spellers, and offers the most effective methods of spelling improvement known. Also included are lively chapters on the turbulent history of English spelling and the pitfalls of computer spell-checkers and other writing tools. The Art of Spelling will appeal to scholars, students, and language lovers of all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393322088
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/28/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,175,572
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Marilyn vos Savant is listed in The Guinness Book of Records Hall of Fame for the highest IQ and writes the popular "Ask Marilyn" column for Parade magazine. She has raised two children and lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Part 1The Madness
1.Spelling Well: The First Step to Graceful Communication17
2.What Does Your Spelling Say About You? Some Compelling Reasons for Spelling Well28
3.The Spelling Brain51
4.The Spelling Police: Who Makes Up These Rules, Anyway?67
5.Spelling and Technology: A Love/Hate Relationship92
Part 2The Method
6.The Secrets of Good Spellers113
Using the Rules129
Avoiding Confusion137
7.Some Things to Keep Up Your Sleeve144
Diagnostic Tests147
The Value of a Dictionary152
The Value of Listening155
The Value of Visualizing156
The Value of Motor Memory157
Common Roots158
Common Prefixes159
Common Suffixes160
The Value of Proofreading164
Mnemonic Devices165
Commonly Misspelled Words167

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